Monster (2004)

Model-turned-actress Charlize Theron leaves her glamorous image behind for this gritty drama, in which she plays a disturbed prostitute who becomes a serial killer. Aileen Wuornos (Theron) was a woman who survived a brutal and abusive… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: January 9, 2004
DVD Release Date: June 1, 2004
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Critic Score: 81% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Charlize Theron gives a searing, deglamorized performance as real life serial killer Aileen Wuornos in Monster, an intense, disquieting portrait of a profoundly damaged soul.

Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

Ms. Theron has ventured far beyond mere surface impersonation -- although that is startling enough -- to an insightful penetration of her subject's psyche.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

A small movie with a gigantic performance by Charlize Theron.

Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Powerful, painful for mature audiences only.

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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star

In the same way the beefed-up Theron fills the movie's tightly composed frames to bursting while pushing everything else to the margins, her showstopping rage blows through film like a tornado.

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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle

If the film is a bit too soft on its subject, it is even more taken with its leading lady. Theron overwhelms.

Nick Rogers
The Film Yap

By "Monster's" end, nothingness replaces Aileen Wuornos' ferocity - evidence of exhaustive efforts from Patty Jenkins and Oscar-winner Charlize Theron to emphasize this serial killer's fraying sanity, not her crimes' sensationalism.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

Brutal, brilliant, depressing and riveting.

Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

The hype around the film Monster is justified by the performance of Charlize Theron.

Emanuel Levy

The film's worth seeing for Charlize Theorn's stunning performance, based on complete physical and psychological transformation, but as a dramatic feature, it lacks an interesting perspective and is underpopulated in terms of characters.

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
Patty Jenkins does a bang up job writing and directing this thumbnail bio based on the eye popping true story about a hooker turned serial killer. Charlize… More
Raymond Wieser
Charlize Theron's performance as Aileen Wuornos is possibly the best I've ever seen. Prostitute turned killer, Aileen's relationship with Selby… More
KJ Proulx
Driven heavily by the milestone acting of Charlize Theron and Christina Ricci, "Monster" is a showcase of talent for many Oscar seasons to come.… More
Jack Hawkins
What a tortured life this woman led; a life of inferiority, confusion, violence, victimisation, prostitution, anger and ultimately, murder. Charlize… More
Graham Jones
Amazing performances by the two leads makes this a film you'll never forget.
Directors Cat
Where to start? Charlize Theron and Christina Ricci are possibly the best screen couple i've ever seen in my life. No offence meant, but Theron literally… More